Youngsters win for their (fire)works of art!

Edinburgh International Festival has announced the three winners of its schools competition to design posters for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert.


The winners, Connor Taylor (8), Josh McKay (9) and Tara Murphy (10) were selected from hundreds of entrants from across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, and will now see their designs displayed across the capital in advance of the 31 August spectacular.

They'll also have a chance to enjoy an exclusive tour of the fireworks setup at Edinburgh Castle and family tickets to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's accompanying concert in Princes Street Gardens on the evening of the event.

The competition is supported by Concert broadcasters Forth One, whose DJs Boogie and Arlene selected the winning entries, and by Virgin Money, sponsors of the Fireworks Concert.

Andrew Nicholson, Head of Sponsorship at Virgin Money said:

Virgin Money has well established links with the City of Edinburgh. Not just through our beautiful Lounge location on St Andrew Square, but also through our well established sponsorships of the Fringe and the Fireworks Concert, which is a brilliant community event and one that Virgin Money is incredibly proud to sponsor.
The Fireworks Concert continues to be enjoyed by so many people, bringing them all together to make it a truly special evening. Connor, Josh and Tara are now a part of that with their winning posters, and our congratulations go to all three.


The Fireworks Concert marks the end of Edinburgh's summer Festivals, and this year will include SCO performances including Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance, and Strauss’ Thunder and Lightning Polka, led by conductor Garry Walker.

Roy McEwan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra said:

Many congratulations to everyone who took part in the poster competition, and well done to the winners! I look forward to seeing their posters across Edinburgh and welcoming the winners to the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, which the Scottish Chamber Orchestra has performed throughout the event’s 33 year history.

Fergus Linehan, Edinburgh International Festival Director added:

The Fireworks Concert is an incredibly popular event with Edinburgh residents and visitors which will once again provide an extraordinary finale to the city’s summer festival season.
We are delighted to develop the event this year with the addition of two new concerts for younger audiences – the Family Concert on Sunday which will feature well-known classical music from this year’s Festival programme, and the Edinburgh Schools Concert taking place in Princes St Gardens on the morning of the Fireworks Concert to which over 2,000 school children have already applied to take part.

The new Family Concert, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Parisian technologists Chevalvert takes place on Sunday 30 August.

The following morning the Edinburgh Secondary Schools Orchestra and members of SCO VIBE, a fusion orchestra for 11-18 year olds, will present a another new event, with a selection of live music in Princes Street Gardens.

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert takes place on Monday 31 August, 9.30pm in Edinburgh's Prince Street Gardens.

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Main image - details from the winning entries by (l-r) Connor Taylor, Josh McKay and Tara Murphy
Other image - (l-r) Josh, Tara and Connor with Forth One's Boogie and the finished poster designs

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